TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2020

Guest Speaker announced for 15th annual Business Awards Dinner

The Guest Speaker of the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony has been announced…

Following the widely-anticipated announcement of finalists on 19th July, seeing over 200 entrants whittled down to a shortlist of just 18 hopefuls over 6 categories, the Guest Speaker of this year’s Test Valley Business Awards’ Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony can now be announced as Chris Brown of Tooth n Claw.

One of the leading Animal Wranglers and Consultants for the film and TV industries worldwide, Chris has worked on nearly 1000 productions; appearing on set with the likes of Ridley Scott, Tom Cruise and Benedict Cumberbatch, whilst being lucky enough to work with lions, elephants, cobras and even scorpions!

Chris Brown commented of the Test Valley Business Awards:

“I’m delighted to be joining the Test Valley Business Awards as Guest Speaker for what is sure to be an amazing night celebrating and recognising the incredible achievements of some of the Test Valley’s most forward-thinking and enterprising businesses. My best wishes to everyone shortlisted! I look forward to discovering the winners on the night.”

Chris will be speaking at this year’s Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, which marks a milestone 15 years of celebrating local business excellence; seeing up to 200 local business representatives gather together to find out who of the 18 finalists will be crowned the 2019 winners!

With ample opportunities to network, the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will also see local caterers, Michelin award-winning McCrimmon & Reid, serve up a sumptuous 3 course meal with free welcome drink provided on arrival.

The 2019 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony is made possible by the generous support of the Awards’ sponsors, including Special Sponsors Barratt Homes – Britain’s biggest housebuilder by volume.

During the event, there will be a presentation from, and collection for, Jane Scarth House as Charity of the Year.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 12th September are available to book via the Awards website or by visiting: https://tvba2019galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk, and cost just £60 to include welcome drink & 3 course meal.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Finalists announced for Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The Test Valley Business Awards’ 2019 finalists have been announced…

From more than 200 entries and 100 Test Valley businesses across 6 award categories, our judges have chosen the 18 business finalists in the Test Valley Business Awards 2019.

This year’s judges, who represent the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have scrutinised the entries; spoken to and visited some of the most enterprising and inspiring businesses within Test Valley.

Having grappled with the very difficult task of selecting just 18 exceptional local businesses from the entries received, the judges have chosen their finalists.

Commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 finalists are:

Businesswoman of the Year Award – sponsored by Aster Group UK

  • Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards
  • Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd.
  • Emily Wilkinson of Social You

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Parker Bullen LLP

  • Martial Art World
  • Signly Ltd.
  • CircuitWorx

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Simplyhealth

  • Pure Human Resources
  • Aster Group UK
  • Active Staff Ltd.

Innovation & Technology Award – sponsored by The University of Southampton Science Park

  • Tonic Analytics Limited
  • Critical Software
  • Inflowmatix Ltd.

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council

  • Multax Ltd
  • Ava May Aromas
  • The Lifestyle Card

Marketing Excellence Award – sponsored by Webkick Ltd.

  • Coyote Fitness UK
  • Hampshire Fare C.I.C
  • Petpals UK Ltd.

The finalists will be celebrated during the widely anticipated Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony in September; made possible by the Awards’ generous sponsors, including Special Sponsors Barratt Homes.

Jon Green, managing director of Barratt Homes, commented of the Awards:

“Supporting the communities we operate in is very important to us and we’re delighted to sponsor the Test Valley Business Awards. We have seen first-hand some of the exciting and innovative work being done by firms in the region and we look forward to celebrating their successes on the awards evening.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Army Flying Museum on 12th September; costing just £60 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

Please visit: https://tvba2019galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk to book your ticket or email [email protected]

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Charity of the Year announced for 2019 Test Valley Business Awards

Business Awards’ charity of choice revealed for 15th annual celebration…

 

As the judges make their all-important decisions in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards, whittling over 200 entries across 6 categories down to a shortlist of just 18 finalists, the Awards has revealed it’s Charity of the Year for 2019 – Jane Scarth House.

 

Jane Scarth House is a Cancer Support Centre, based in Romsey, but supporting people from all over the Test Valley area and beyond.

 

Offering a very special place of calm to anyone affected by cancer, both the patient and their families, their services are free of charge and include befriending and information, counselling, meditation and a range of complementary therapies. In addition, Jane Scarth House also offers the Macmillan HOPE course for those who have completed their treatment.

 

This year,  the charity is introducing ‘The Loft’, an exciting new space to inspire people to connect, find support, learn new skills and even become creative.

 

Sarah Rowcliffe, Charity Ambassador for Jane Scarth House, commented:

 

“Everyone at Jane Scarth House is delighted that we have been chosen as the TVBA charity of the year and we are very grateful for their recognition.

 

“This will make such a difference to us and will help us to continue to provide the support which is so desperately needed within this area.”

 

Jane Scarth House will be supported during the Test Valley Business Awards’ 2019 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, held at the new-look Army Flying Museum on 12th September, where this year’s winners will be announced.

 

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Silver Sponsors

More information about the Test Valley Business Awards’ 2019 Silver Sponsors…

With judging in full swing and the Gold Sponsors busily considering more 200 entries across 6 categories, now is the time to meet the Awards’ Silver Sponsors.

These generous businesses represent a cross-section of some of Test Valley’s most established and inspiring companies from right across the borough.

Bringing businesses together to celebrate their achievements through Test Valley Business Awards is made possible only by the support of our fantastic and longstanding supporters.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Silver Sponsors are:

    • Bulpitt Print Ltd.
    • Langdowns DFK
    • Myddelton & Major

David Smith of Myddelton & Major said of their support of the Test Valley Business Awards:

“Myddelton & Major have been Silver Sponsors of the Test Valley Business Awards for several years now, and are delighted to be supporting the Awards during their 15th year of celebrating business excellence.

“Local business, and supporting local businesses to achieve their goals, is important to us and an ethos we’re proud to share with TVBAwards.”

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Judging period to begin in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

Let the judging commence for this year’s Test Valley Business Awards…!

Following a lively and energetic start to the milestone 15th Test Valley Business Awards, which has seen an impressive 30% increase in businesses entering, the judging period is about to begin.

Judging the entries represents the second critical phase – after the entry period – in the year-long awards programme.

Responsibility for judging falls to the respective 6 Gold Sponsors. Theirs will be a challenging, but welcome, task of considering each entry against their chosen judging criteria, which can be found on the Awards’ website.

This year, businesses had the opportunity to enter any of the Awards’ 6 categories, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

This year’s judging period takes place from 28th May, after which point the 2019 finalists will be announced on 19th July.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Last call for entries in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

Last chance to enter TVBAwards2019 as final entry prize winner collects reward…

There are just 3 days – 72 hours – left to enter the Test Valley Business Awards 2019.

Entries close at midnight on Monday 13th May 2019 and, as the entry period draws to a close, the final entry prize winner has been presented with her reward.

Chosen at random from all entrants of this year’s Awards, Kate Griffin of Wessex Spirits in Andover last week received her prize for entering early – a mini hamper, generously donated by Hampshire Fare, who are based in Rownhams in southern Test Valley.

The hamper was presented to Kate by Nancy Judge of Hampshire Fare who commented:

“Hampshire Fare is delighted to support the Test Valley Business Awards which do such a fantastic job of highlighting and celebrating the region’s businesses. We strongly recommend that – just as Kate has done – eligible businesses get their entries in before the 13th May deadline.”

Of her experience of the Awards and winning an entry prize, Kate remarked:

“I was thrilled to win the entry prize – what a lovely surprise to get the Hampshire Fare hamper with local produce just for entering the TVB Awards. The team at the TVBA are so helpful, encouraging and supportive; winning the entry prize was a fabulous added extra!”

This year, businesses are being encouraged to enter any or all of the Awards 6 categories, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

Of the Awards’ 6 Gold Sponsors, Parker Bullen LLP represents one of the initiative’s newest supporters; making this year’s Small Business of the Year Award possible.

Open to all businesses operating within the Test Valley that employ 15 people or less, the Small Business of the Year Award looks to celebrate the achievements, overcoming of challenges, and excellent customer service skills displayed by small businesses doing big things in the area!

Of their support of the Awards, Gareth Horner of Parker Bullen LLP said:

“Parker Bullen Solicitors are delighted to have the opportunity to support and endorse the Test Valley Business Awards and to sponsor the Small Business of the Year category. We are keen to receive entries from many local businesses to learn how they are forging their futures which is not without its trials at this time.”

To enter, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

There is still plenty of time for businesses to enter as many categories as possible before midnight on 13th May.

You know best how your business excels; why it is special and why others should know more about it. A little effort can go a long way!

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley, including editorial and advertising opportunities worth over £1,000.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Celebrating Marketing Excellence in the Test Valley

Local web design & digital marketing agency sponsors new Marketing Excellence category in Test Valley Business Awards…

Andover-based web design, digital marketing and creative agency, Webkick Ltd., is sponsoring the Test Valley Business Awards newest category for 2019; the Marketing Excellence Award.

Open to businesses of any size, the Marketing Excellence Award celebrates innovation, originality, and a great return on investment (ROI) from a marketing campaign that was active at any time during 2018.

What’s more, agencies are also invited to enter client campaigns on behalf of their clients.

Creative Director of Webkick Ltd., Edward Thomas, commented on their sponsorship of this award:

“As an agency specialising in all things marketing, we’re delighted to be introducing this new category to the Awards for 2019.

“I am keen to promote the importance of marketing in retaining and generating new business and to highlight our excellent local agencies who are generating income for clients here and right across the country.

“Marketing is an incredibly important part of any business’ activities, with good marketing being one of the key contributing factors to business growth and success; profits come from sales and sales come from marketing.

“We want to celebrate local businesses doing truly innovative and remarkable things in this challenging field.”

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter this and any of the Awards’ other categories, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

During the entry period, several entrants will be selected at random to receive an array of fabulous entry prizes; including wine, champagne, and other sought-after local goodies.

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as possible before the entry & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Final entry prize winner announced in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

Final prize winner revealed with just 10 to go to enter this year’s Test Valley Business Awards!

With little more than 10 days to go until entries close in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards, the fifth and final entry prize winner has been announced.

Picked entirely at random from a hat, Kate Griffin of Wessex Spirits in Andover has been named the lucky winner of a miniature hamper, generously donated by Hampshire Fare.

Kate was chosen by the Awards’ fourth entry prize winner, Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd., whilst Lisa was presented with her own prize – a hand-sewn doorstop, courtesy of Porter’s Emporium.

Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. commented of her entry prize win:

“I’m so pleased to have won an entry prize during the Awards’ entry period this year just for entering my business into the running; we’re incredibly proud of what we do here at Active Staff and entering the Awards is just one way we can showcase that to the local business community.”

This year, businesses are being encouraged to enter any or all of the Awards 6 categories, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

Although the final entry prize winner has been announced, there is still time for businesses to enter as many categories as possible before entries close at midnight on 13th May.

You know best how your business excels; why it is special and why others should know more about it. A little effort can go a long way!

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley, including editorial and advertising opportunities worth over £1,000.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Winner of fourth prize announced in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The winner of the fourth Test Valley Business Awards 2019 entry prize has been announced…

As the end of this year’s Test Valley Business Awards entry period draws closer, there are only a handful of chances to win a spot prize, which have been gifted to entrants chosen at random throughout the entry period.

The fourth winner of several such prizes offered during the entry period was chosen this week by Jan Lumsden of Kutchenhaus’ new Romsey showroom, winner of the Awards’ third entry prize giveaway.

Picking a name entirely at random from a hat, Jan chose Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. in Andover who has won a handmade gift donated by Porter’s Emporium.

Whilst selecting the Awards’ fourth entry prize winner, Jan was also presented with her own prize; a bottle of Veuve Cliquot from the Co-Op Distribution Centre, based in Andover.

Jan Lumsden commented of her entry prize and her experience of entering the Awards:

“I’m delighted to have won an entry prize as part of the Test Valley Business Awards this year, and recommend other businesses in the area enter. It’s a great way of showing everyone you’re proud of your business, and celebrating your achievements.”

This year, there are no fewer than 6 awards categories to choose from, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
    ● Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
    ● Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

There is now one more opportunity left to win a locally sourced entry prize as part of the 2019 entry period.

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as possible before the entry & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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Seeking Test Valley’s best Businesswoman of the Year

Test Valley Businesswoman of the Year Award is sponsored by Housing Association Aster Group…

Aster Group is the proud new sponsor of the ever-popular Businesswoman of the Year Award category in this in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards.

Open to businesswomen operating throughout the Test Valley, the Businesswoman of the Year Award celebrates female business owners, employees, and sole traders who are proud of what they do, and have worked for and/or played a key role within the business for at least 3 years.

Rebecca Outram, head of housing – Hampshire for Aster Group said:

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Businesswoman of the Year category at this year’s awards.

“Awards like these are really important for the local business community, enabling new and smaller businesses to gain the recognition they need to grow and prosper.

“We know how important it is to celebrate achievements, so we’re thrilled to be part of these awards celebrating the best in business throughout the Test Valley.”

Aster Group supplies a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis, working towards its vision of ensuring everyone has a home.

It provides safety and security through its reliable landlord services, by building more new homes, maintaining and investing in the thousands of homes it owns, providing good services, and creating a lasting legacy in the communities it works in.

Aster Group aims to carefully balance a commercial approach with its social heart.


For Stephanie Barnett, winner of Businesswoman of the Year 2018, the award-win has galvanised her business, Pure Human Resources; winning her new clients and promotional opportunities both within her industry and the local business community.

Talking of her experience as a Test Valley Business Award winner, Stephanie Barnett said:

“We have made lots of useful contacts across the local area and have gained some fabulous new clients directly as a result of the Awards.”

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
    ● Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
    ● Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter this and any of the Awards’ other categories, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

During the entry period, several entrants will be selected at random to receive an array of fabulous entry prizes; including locally brewed beer, theatre tickets, and other sought-after local goodies.

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as possible before the entry & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

Now in its 15th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.